The Kids’ Cancer Project Board reviews alignment and coverage against the charity’s six research priorities. In order to be eligible for consideration, research project proposals must directly align with at least one of the priorities listed below.
Improving survival and treatments
Improving treatments for childhood cancer will have a direct impact on survival rates. The Kids' Cancer Project will gain an understanding of best practice and emerging technologies spanning all modalities of treatment. The Kids' Cancer Project will support research with this focus as a top priority.
Late effects / survivorship
Two-thirds of survivors report at least one chronic medical condition and one-third report at least one severe or life threatening medical condition. While current data dissects mortality rates, it does not unveil the important consideration of quality of life. The Kids' Cancer Project places importance on the ongoing quality of life of survivors of childhood cancer and will invest in identifying new treatments with greater potential for healthy outcomes for all children with cancer.
Capabilities refers to building capacity, infrastructure and collaboration around childhood cancer to expedite our mission. The Kids' Cancer Project will promote programs and initiatives that will improve collaboration between research facilities, provide expertise and knowledge transfer of research data and findings. The Kids' Cancer Project will support the career development of the next generation of childhood cancer researchers to build on their success.
Understanding childhood cancer
The Kids' Cancer Project will strive to ensure that outcomes for Australian children are in line with best practice as benchmarked against international standards. The Kids' Cancer Project will selectively participate in research that builds on the body of knowledge surrounding the causes of childhood cancer.
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs)
The Australian health system defines a child as an individual between 0 and 15 years old. The Kids' Cancer Project has extended their definition to include 0 to 18-year-olds in response to the significant drop in survival rates once a child reaches 16. The Kids' Cancer Project recognises that young adults are an important consideration in the pursuit of better treatments and a cure for childhood cancer.
Access to care
The Kids' Cancer Project will advocate for equal access to care for children with cancer, regardless of geographical or socioeconomic status.